Infection Control Annual Statement
April 2017 – March 2018
In line with the Health and Social Care Act 2008: Code of practice on prevention and control of infection and its related guidance, this Annual Statement will be generated each year. It will summarise:
- Any infection transmission incidents and any lessons learnt and action taken
- Details of any infection prevention and control (IPC) audits undertaken and any subsequent actions taken arising from these audits
- Details of any issues that may challenge infection prevention and control including risk assessment undertaken and subsequent actions implemented as a result
- Details of staff IPC training
- Details of review and update of IPC policies, procedures and guidance
INFECTION CONTROL LEAD
The Infection Control Lead will enable the integration of Infection Control principles into standards of care within the practice, by acting as a link between the surgery and Brent Infection Control Team. They will be the first point of contact for practice staff in respect of Infection Control issues. They will help create and maintain an environment which will ensure the safety of the patient / client, carers, visitors and health care workers in relation to Healthcare Associated Infection (HCAI).
The infection control lead for the practice is the Practice Manager. Overall responsibilty lies with the Senior Partner.
The Infection Control Lead will carry out the following within the practice:
- Increase awareness of Infection Control issues amongst staff and clients
- Help motivate colleagues to improve practice
- Improve local implementation of Infection Control policies
- Ensure that practice based Infection Control audits are undertaken
- Assist in the education of colleagues
- Help identify any Infection Control problems within the practice and work to resolve these, where necessary in conjunction with the local Infection Control Team
- Act as a role model within the practice
- Disseminate key Infection Control messages to their colleagues within the practice
- SIGNIFICANT EVENTS
There have been no significant events reported regarding infection control issues in the period covered by this report
4. AUDITS / RISK ASSESSMENT
The following audits/ assessments were carried out in the practice
- General infection control audit – PM undertook using the infection control assessment tool (January 2016)
Audit Key findings/ Recommendations / Updates
- Infection Control and cleaning to be added to the practice staff meeting as a regular agenda item eg incidents, results of audits, updates of Protocols
(now in practice)
- The practice needs to produce an annual statement that is available to anyone that request it
- The practice needs to follow the national colour scheme for cleaning equipment
- The practice needs to purchase boxes with lids for storage of speculums.
- The downstairs clinical room has woodchip paper.
(Awaiting decision from Estates and Funding to extend the back room)
- Practice Nurse needs to undertake ANTT training.
- The practice needs to undertake regular hand hygiene audits
(posters are now displayed and questionnaires available)
- STAFF TRAINING AND PROTECTION
All staff have undertaken Infection Control refresher training in the last 1 year.
All staff are up to date with immunisation protection.
- POLICIES, PROTOCOLS AND GUIDELINES
The Policies below have been updated this year in January 2016. They are reviewed annually or earlier when appropriate due to changes in regulations and evidence based guidance.